“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than in miles.”
Memories of the educational trips taken by schools are some of the brightest memories for both the teachers and the students when they welcome a break from their routines. The purpose of these trips is to essentially educate the young minds and also serve as a great bonding experience during the last few months of their high school experience. The students of class 12 were taken on an educational trip to Mysore and Coorg.
On the 2nd of December, the students reported to school all suited up for the trip, and then we boarded the bus to reach Chennai Central at around 6.30 p.m. We had reached Mysuru by 6.30 a.m. the next morning and started our venture to Coorg. We first stopped at Nisargadama, a bamboo beauty. The students went around and absorbed the nature within themselves. After reaching Coorg, the students were given a little break to freshen up, and then after lunch, we started going around Coorg visiting Abbey Falls and Raja’s Seat. The small trek to Abbey Falls was a big highlight where they were able to bond with their friends and the nature surrounding them and take in the breathtaking views. The students had a fun campfire through which the goodness in their friendships was expressed through their dance and music and just like that the day ended in joy.
On the 4th of December, the day started with a bird watching session where students along with their teachers went around the accommodation and got a glimpse of some of the most majestic birds. Then, we descended Coorg and started going around Mysore. The Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple, was a little escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city and we were simply astonished by the views inside the temple and its architecture. The students were able to bring out the cultural similarities. The most prominent stop in Mysore was the Mysore Maharaja Palace. Everyone was awestruck with the magnificent edifice of Indo-Saracenic architecture which is renowned for the light show. The palace at night was just a sight for sore eyes.
The last day in Mysore was quite educational where the students were taken to the silk factory and sandalwood factory where they actually saw and learned how silk is weaved into beautiful sarees and sandal wood oil is extracted from magnificent sandalwood trees.
The last stop was the Chamundi Hills, where they visited the Chamundeeshwari Temple (Sakti Peeta) and saw the majestic Mahishasura and Nandi. The children were allowed to go shopping around the place where they bought themselves, their friends, and their families souvenirs that would be etched in their hearts forever. We reached Mysore station at around 7 p.m. and it was time to be back to Chennai. The next day we reached Chennai at around 8 a.m. where it ended on a high note with memories of students and teachers living around with them forever with the dance and music in the journey. The trip with 7 teaching/ non teaching staff and 69 students ended with them sharing memories as a family.
Pictures clicked and memories etched!